Jiu-Jitsu

How Gordon And Keenan Hit A Home Run For Submission Only, No Time Limit Grappling

How Gordon And Keenan Hit A Home Run For Submission Only, No Time Limit Grappling

So yeah, it sucks that in a day and age where AJ Agazarm can Robin Hood streams on his social media that we might not be able to see Keenan's moneymaker of a face, but who cares, you've seen what his face looks like before.  

The majority of us can care less about the pixelation and are just there to steal the transitions and submission set ups anyway. 

Rest Days

Rest Days

 "Hey Raf, I think it's cool that you're doing this, but have you built in rest days into this at all?"

The following inquiry comes from one young Eric Medina of The Los Angeles Jiu-Jitsu Club.  As I work up my reassuring answer ("yeah, of course I'm going to build in some rest days"), I also can't help but remember that this happens to be my seventh straight day of training jiu-jitsu when he asks me this question

Hybrid Success Challenge, Day 4

In the video below, I confront one example of trying to replicate Justin Rader's snap down double leg take down.  When I saw him do it on the video, I thought it might be a nice option for my style of wrestling.  I thought (and I don't say this often), "oh, I might actually be able to do that one." 

The results below, however, proved otherwise.

Hybrid Success Challenge, Day 3

Hybrid Success Challenge, Day 3

As I outlined in my original post, a great deal of my wrestling has always come in the form of counter-wrestling.  Letting my opponent make the first move and then working to put out fires as they come up.  

It's not the smartest of strategies, but it's pretty much all I've got.  Today, I opted to try and identify a few of my worst habits so that I can hopefully start to break a few of them.  

Hybrid Success Challenge, Day 2

Hybrid Success Challenge, Day 2

So I had my good friend Joey Hauss from The Los Angeles Jiu-Jitsu Club help me out with an exercise yesterday.  Joey's wrestling and jiu-jitsu are very solid.  Not only has he competed at a couple EBIs, but he's managed to combine his natural athleticism with a very technical rolling style under the tutelage of Jean Jacques Machado.  

In short, training with him is the worst. 

Hybrid Success Challenge: My Next Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Project

Hybrid Success Challenge: My Next Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Project

I have managed to go the past five years of my jiu-jitsu journey getting by on counter-wrestling, misdirection, and (what I like to call) creative sprawling, but I see my tricks getting old real fast.  Despite the better efforts of my truly amazing instructors and training partners, my efforts to improve my wrestling skills have been marginal at best.  I know that in order to even maintain level of being “passable” as I continue to rise up the ranks in BJJ, I have to evolve.

That is why I’ve decided to put myself on a 30 day wrestling challenge.  

VERBAL TAP (Episode 184) Kevin Visits LA

VERBAL TAP (Episode 184) Kevin Visits LA

Last month, my wife and podcast co-host conspired to put together an awesome birthday gift.  As one of my birthday gifts, my wife surprised me by arranging a trip for Kevin to make his way out to LA for a few days and train.

Anybody who listens to the podcast knows that Kev and I usually get to see one another for short periods of time every 6 months or so.  And despite my on-air hatred for the individual, doing the podcast and working with him in person is way more fun than it is on Skype.  When we're both in the same room doing the podcast, the show has an entirely different feel.